CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Springdale Police Department held a funeral procession for fallen Officer Kaia Grant Sunday morning.
The procession left Spring Grove Cemetery at 9 a.m., then traveled to Wyoming High School before passing the Springdale Police and Fire Departments.
People lined the street to show their support. The route on Springfield Pike through Wyoming was packed with residents practicing appropriate social distancing.
A private ceremony open to family and police personnel only was held at Vineyard Church in Springdale.
Per Grant’s wishes, her body was cremated.
A ceremony followed with bagpipes, a helicopter flyover, honor guard, a 21-gun salute and officers in formation, albeit spaced six feet apart.
Grant died Saturday, March 21 when a chase suspect rammed into two Springdale police cruisers on westbound I-275.
Sgt. Andrew Davis was injured in the crash, which shut down both sides of Interstate 275 about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Grant is the first Springdale Police Officer to die in the line of duty.
She was born in 1987 and raised in Wyoming, where she graduated from Wyoming High School in 2005, according to her obituary on the police museum’s website.
She received a YMCA Southwestern Ohio Character Award for volunteerism when she was 18.
She graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. Springdale police said they were excited when Kaia accepted their offer to join the department in 2012.